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The Law Society
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The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales. From negotiating with and lobbying the profession's regulators, government and others, to offering training and advice, we're here to help, protect and promote solicitors across England and Wales.

This protocol governs the way a solictor should handle Ancillary Relief cases - particularly the way they should act in the early stages of a case. For example it states that solicitors have a duty to make sure that the costs of your case are not disproportionate to the financial value of the subject matter of the dispute.

Illegally Obtained Evidence in Civil and Family Proceedings

Guidance for barristers published by the Bar Council regarding evidence that has or may have been obtained illegally.

Resolution guide on dealing with litigants in person

This is good-practice guidance prepared by Resolution for the use of solicitors dealing with self-reppers and gives an idea of what one should expect from the average lawyer.  Unfortunately it is neither Law nor enforceable.

Family Law Protocol
The Law Society's Family Law Protocol
Solicitors Code of Conduct
A set of guidelines produced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority which governs the way that solictors should conduct themselves when dealing with your case.
Solicitors Regulation Authority
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates more than 100,000 solicitors in England and Wales. Our purpose is to protect the public by ensuring that solicitors meet high standards, and by acting when risks are identified.
Resolution
Resolution’s 5000 members are family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Our members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Our members encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family - and in particular the best interests of children.
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